How to minimise plastering work hazards
Depending on the type of occupation, some construction workers are at low or extreme risk. Plasterers are no exception when it comes to occupational safety and protection. The daily work of a plasterer harbors some dangers that must be mitigated.
Commercial construction contractors adhere to strict safety standards. Fortunately, the safety standards required on construction sites guarantee the protection of workers. Here are some sources of work-related risks for plasterers:
- Improper use of tools and devices can lead to accidents.
- Proximity to loose foreign bodies and falling objects.
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals and airborne particles.
- Irritants in the air can be inhaled or get into the eyes.
- Working at heights increases the risk of falling.
Even if professional plasterers already know the necessary safety measures on construction sites, reminders are required from time to time. Here are the safety precautions that every professional plasterer should follow
- Workers should always wear appropriate work clothes for plastering. Contractors can prescribe uniform outfits for plasterers to distinguish them from other workers. A plasterer’s uniform can contain Plaster overalls, Pants or polo shirt. If a contractor does not provide a uniform, plasterers can wear it DIY overalls, Decorators overalls, or Decorator pants bought in any hardware store.
- In addition to the right work clothes, plasterers should have protective accessories for the face, eyes, head and hands. After all, sturdy work boots are also essential to protect the feet from falling objects and to ensure good traction.
- Working with power tools and devices requires knowledge. A plasterer should not attempt to operate machines without experience or training. Another precaution is to use vibratory tools. Workers should avoid using tools that vibrate for long periods of time as much as possible. Prolonged use of such devices can lead to muscle, nerve and joint damage.
- Plasterers should, if possible, not carry heavy loads. Permanently debilitating accidents result from moving heavy objects. Plasterers should use equipment that can lift heavy objects from one location to another.
- Ask for help installing the scaffolding. On any construction project, the scaffolding should first be checked before it is approved for use. Makeshift platforms and ladders are incredibly prone to accidents. There should be no short cuts when creating elevated work platforms for plasterers.
Despite these safety standards that apply on construction sites, some plasterers still forget to adhere to them. For example, some plasterers refrain from wearing gloves or face masks because they believe it will not do any harm. Plasterers can also decide not to wear a helmet while working. These examples of negligent behavior are common reasons why work accidents are still widespread. While contractors are responsible for enforcing safety policies and regulations, it is the responsibility of each worker to ensure personal safety. As an attenuating measure, contractors can also employ a team of security experts to check daily compliance with security regulations. The constant vigilance of workers, security professionals, and contractors is the only way to minimize the occurrence of work-related disasters.